No let-up in drive against unregistered pump boats PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2015 11:17

The campaign against unregistered pump boats jointly implemented by the Zamboanga City Public Safety Company (ZCPSC) and the City Agriculturist Office continues without let-up as part of the ongoing effort to monitor and prevent criminal and illegal activities in coastal areas.

From September 2014 to March 10, 2015, the drive which is based on City Ordinance 2005-133, has yielded 122 engines and 6 compressors. The apprehensions were made during patrols in the coastal areas of Arena Blanco, Paseo del Mar, RT Lim Boulevard, Baliwasan, Labuan, Limpapa, Recodo, Sta. Cruz Island, Sangali, Bolong and Vitali.

PSupt. Ariel Huesca, Public Safety Company Commander said the relentless campaign has also led pump boat operators to voluntarily register their motorboat engines to avoid sanctions provided under the law.

From September 2014 to February 2015, voluntary registration reached a total of 1,480, according to Huesca.

Huesca vowed to continue with the campaign in the light of continuing threats from lawless elements and illegal activities perpetrated in high seas.

In numerous instances, motorized pump boats are used in abduction of innocent civilians and even smuggling of rice, sugar and other agricultural/fishery products.

At least 3,000 motorized pump boats are operating in the city, with only over 2,000 registered with the City Agriculturist Office.

As this developed, City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat thanked the PSC for assisting his office in enforcing Ordinance 133 as he expressed satisfaction that the campaign is yielding positive results.

Ordinance 2005-133 is the City Fishery Ordinance which requires the registration of motor boats or bancas operating within the territorial jurisdiction of the city. — Sheila Covarrubias